Today in Music

September, 24

  • 1999 Hank Williams is the subject of the first-ever country music symposium at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. “A Tribute To Hank Williams” begins with Lucinda Williams, Kim Richey, Kathy Mattea, and Steve Earle performing the works of the late country music godfather.
  • 1998 Former Guns N’ Roses drummer Steven Adler, 33, is sentenced to 150 days in jail for beating two women he dated and for violating his probation from an earlier domestic violence conviction.
  • 1997 In his second cross-genre appearance of the year, Sting performs “I’m So Happy I Can’t Stop Crying” with country singer, Toby Keith at the 31st annual Country Music Association Awards. Earlier in the year, Sting performed the song “I’ll Be Missing You” with rapper Puff Daddy at the MTV Video Music Awards.
  • 1993 Former Guns N’ Roses drummer Steven Adler reaches a $2.5 million settlement in his lawsuit against the group and managers. Adler was thrown out of the band because he couldn’t kick his heroin habit. The agreement was reached shortly before the lawsuit would have gone to the Superior Court jury. Adler’s lawyer said the drummer sued to set aside a 1990 agreement he signed giving up his partnership interest in the band. During the trial, Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash testified that Adler was “strung out” when he signed the agreement.
  • 1991 Nirvana’s breakthrough album “Nevermind” is released.
  • 1988 “Don’t Worry, Be Happy,” by Bobby McFerrin, is the first a cappella song to reach No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. McFerrin’s bubbly No. 1 hit gets former president George Bush in trouble when the hopeful Republican uses the song without permission as an election campaign song.
  • 1988 Graham Parker opens a solo acoustic tour at the University of Rhode Island.
  • 1978 No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Kiss You All Over,” Exile.
  • 1968 No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Hey Jude,” The Beatles. The song is the biggest for the best-selling rock group of all time. It stays at No. 1 for nine weeks.
  • 1958 No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “It’s All in the Game,” Tommy Edwards.
  • 1942 Gerry Marsden of Gerry & the Pacemakers is born in Liverpool, England.